British Court Rescheduled Hearing On Assange's Extradition To The US
A British court has agreed to postpone a hearing on the extradition of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to the US from May to a later date. As reported by Reuters, this decision was made by the judge of the Westminster magistrates' court in London, Vanessa Baraitser, at a procedural hearing on Monday.
The defense of the Australian pointed to the need to postpone the meeting to September because of the outbreak of a new type of coronavirus. In particular, the lawyers said that due to the imposed quarantine, they could not meet with their client for more than a month, and during this time they only spoke with him on the phone a few times. The prosecution also agreed with this position.
As a result, the judge admitted that in the current circumstances, the extradition hearing could not continue on May 18, as planned. She gave the defense and prosecution sides until May 4 to determine a new date.
At the same time, the judge said that the next available "window" in the judicial schedule, when hearings can go three weeks in a row - this is the duration of the Assange case was laid down for May - is available only from November 2.
Assange himself did not participate in the hearing in person or via video link on Monday. The defense of the Australian referred to the defendant's illness, without providing additional details.